Was born in Cocke county, Tennessee, February 22, 1830, and is a son of Rev. Benjamin F. Smith, one of the early settlers of this county. When the, subject of our sketch was five years old his parents came to this county. He was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools of the county.

Mr. Smith was united in marriage, May 9, 1853, to Miss Annie Cox, who was born in 1832, and died November 21, 1861, leaving three children, named as follows: Emily E., born January 1, 1855; Benjamin F., born November 17, 1856; and Solomon S., born December 9, 1859. January 13, 1869, he married Miss Perlina Mills, who was born May 12, 1841. They have two children; namely, Henry L., born February 3, 1878; Maggie Z., born August 18, 1880.